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Chain saw sharpening angle

What is the correct sharpening angle for this chain?

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For cross cutting is 30 degrees and if you only do ripping it is 10 degrees.

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    Bruce Garwood Apr 23, 2015

    Thanks for the time and effort. I had gotten several different answers. I just purchased a Oregon electric CS sharpener and I needed the degrees which you provided. Thaanks so much!


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If you are lucky, you own a Stihl saw. If you do, notice the 'witness marks' towards the rear of each tooth. Those marks are the sharpening angle for normal use. I typically sharpen to 35 degrees for normal sawing though that may not be the preferred sharpening angle. Most people that don't make a living with a saw can't 'freehand' with the file to a specific angle consistently but if you are reasonably close to the 30 to 35 degree angle you should get a fair cut.

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